TIDE (Idetatsuhiro) is a Tokyo-based artist (b. 1984), He began producing art after being inspired by Shigeru Mizuki’s manga, which he read during his stay in Australia. He started his painting career in Tokyo in 2009. Composed of a balance of layered painting techniques, both delicate and bold, the paintings depict the recurring motif of a cat character formed. TIDE' s simultaneously inviting the viewer into the private and intimate emotional space whilst reflecting the inner anxieties and chaos of the outside world. The familiarity of the domestic setting is reminiscent of interior scenes from the 'Intimism' movement; however these tropes are updated to a modern setting with enigmatic imagery forming individual narratives that juxtapose the conflicting emotional states of comforting warmth and alarming disquiet.